I 'guest blogged' at Borders True Romance yesterday.
I was a little nervous, it's one thing to have your own small blog that a handful of people check out (And I do appreciate it!) But to go on a major book chain blog was a little daunting!
My blog buddies made it so easy. A big, big shout out to the ladies at ROMANCE BANDITS.
The bandits and the bandit buddies that showed up really gave it a party/celebratory feel. Theirs was the first romance blog I ever checked out, and commented on. They really make you feel welcome. And what I learned about blogging, romance blogging in particular, I learned from them. They acknowledge every comment made, very important. They like to have fun, also a big plus, and they love to talk romance, hunky men, chocolate and everything in between. They answer emails. They are generous and fun-loving. These ladies, in a word...rock.
Another Big, big shout out to the ladies at THE ROMANCE DISH. Another great place to have fun, and like bandits, they interview authors, have book giveaways and a friendly, open atmosphere. The Dishers also review books. I learned a lot from them. I hope my own reviews reflect what I have learned. I consider myself a devoted 'dishee', LOL! Also, they answer emails, a big plus! And these ladies are also generous and fun-loving. If you can't have fun blogging, why bother? These ladies show how it is done.
And thanks to everyone else who dropped by yesterday and commented, it exceeded my expectations and literally blew me away!
Now, to my book reviews. As I state above, I will not be necessarily doing new releases. I review books as I read them, either from my bottomless box of second hand romances, or from my tiny library here in my even tinier town, or on occasion I do buy a new release (or win them!!).
In searching a favorite author on the web, I came across a particularly scathing review of a book I happen to love. This person's whole blog spewed vitriol and smarmy, smug reviews of romance books.
She took this author and her book and roasted it on a spit, then began chopping it into malicious mincemeat, laughing evilly while she served up her nasty meal.
OK, maybe I am overstating it a bit, but my point is, I am not going there.
I was going to list books that I DNF (do not finish) or throw in my recycle bag, (and there are a few) but I decided I am not doing that. It is not what I want my small blog to be about. I will write a review on a book that may disappoint me (I have already) But I will never trash a book or an author. There is enough nastiness or negativity in the world and out there on the internet.
Besides, it's all subjective anyway. Just because I like a book or particular sub-genre, doesn't mean you will. Book reviews are a guide, to make your own decision. And maybe, to entertain you. Again, I learned this at THE ROMANCE DISH. Let other blogs handle negative reviews, I won't be doing it. I will write reviews on books I like, and think others may like. If I think it is merely average, I will say so. Does the book reek? I will keep quiet. I always subscribed to the credo, if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.
Thanks for reading my ramble!
Coming soon, A review of Tessa Dare's 'Surrender of a Siren'